Miniwanca Jobs

Miniwanca Jobs

Miniwanca is now hiring full-time roles and seasonal staff for summer 2022!

Looking for full-time work? Scroll down to see our most current full-time openings. 

Summer 2022 at Miniwanca will take place in two sessions: Session A from June 26 to July 8 and Session B from July 10 to July 29. Staff training for most roles will begin June 18. Learn more about our Summer 2022 program offerings. 

The American Youth Foundation board of directors and full-time team recognize the powerful and demanding commitment the seasonal team makes to the youth we serve. We are thrilled to announce we have significantly increased our pay rate for summer 2022. See individual roles below for specific rates. While some positions require you to live onsite (Cabin Leaders, for example), all roles below have the option to do so. Housing and all meals are provided.

The health and safety of our AYF community is our top priority. All summer 2022 staff and participants eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine are required to be fully vaccinated before their session starts. Proof of vaccination will be collected before arrival at camp.

Summer 2022 Roles at a Glance

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The American Youth Foundation is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, sex, religion, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, or veteran’s status.



Program Coordinator

The Program Coordinator is a year-round position that supports and leads aspects of AYF programs in all seasons. The Program Coordinator’s primary focus is taking a leadership role in the Summer Camp programs in summer months. In the fall, winter, and spring, the Program Coordinator is the primary manager of Miniwanca’s ideal client relationships.

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Food Program Manager

The Food Program Manager is a year-round position, responsible for planning, developing, and implementing balanced, nutritional menus for site programs. The Food Program Manager successfully addresses dietary and allergen-restriction needs while looking outward to best address global food issues.

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Facility Infrastructure Manager

Miniwanca Facilities Team at Waterfront 2017

The Facility Infrastructure Manager is a year-round position, responsible for the management of all facilities maintenance, custodial, and construction project crews and in direct coordination of all requirements of the programs of the American Youth Foundation.

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Cabin Leader

Cabin Leaders (summer camp counselors) are seasonal youth development professionals who co-lead a cabin group of 6 to 8 campers in either Boys Camp or Girls Camp and are active leaders in daily activities. Cabin Leaders work directly with youth and help them discover their best selves.

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Four Trails Leader

Four Trails Leaders (summer camp counselors) are seasonal youth development professionals who co-lead a cabin group of 10 to 12 campers during backpacking and/or canoeing trips off-site and on Miniwanca property. Trips may be 2 to 17 days in length.

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Leader in Training

LITs work as leaders in training, learning a variety of camp roles. They support cabin leaders and the Activities Team in Boys Camp and Girls Camp. LITs receive additional training and evaluation beyond staff training, participating in regular group and one-on-one meetings for professional development.

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Food Program Team

The Food Program Team consists of assistants, specialists, and coordinators who help with food preparation, service, kitchen clean-up and dish washing to ensure healthy, safe meals for the staff and campers.

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Media Specialist

Media specialists connect the camper experience with families by organizing photos, blog entries, slideshows, and for families to access online throughout the season. Their photography is also used in online and printed marketing materials throughout the year.

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Camper Connection Coordinator

This Camper Connection Coordinator will work with the Mental, Emotional and Social Health team and Program Coordinators to ensure the support of campers who hold historically marginalized identities (BIPOC, LGBTQ+, etc.).

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Lead Health Officer

The Lead Health Officer is responsible for overseeing the health and safety of the camp community. The Lead Health Officer supervises other members of the health team and oversees the health care of Miniwanca participants and staff while operating and maintaining the Health Center.

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Health Officer

The Health Officer works under the direction of the Lead Health Officer to administer a sound program of health and safety that follows all Michigan state health regulations and American Youth Foundation and American Camp Associate standards. The Health Officer works with the Health Team to administer health care and medications for all staff and participants.

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Assistant Health Officer

The Assistant Health Officer works under the direction/supervision of the Lead Health Officer to administer a sound program of health and safety that follows all Michigan state health regulations and American Youth Foundation and American Camp Associate standards.

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Scout Leader

The Scout Leaders develop and implement a discovery day program for children of camp staff (generally ages 1 to 7). Some evening duties may also be required as the needs of the program dictate. Summer 2022 will include two weeks of paid staff training, followed by one two-week and one three-week camp sessions ending July 30.

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